RVing is all about making the most of the journey as well as enjoying your destination. And one surefire way to ensure the trip is as memorable as the stops along the way is to travel in a well-decorated, homey rig.
Of course, one trip to Pier 1 proves that home decor isn’t always affordable, even when it’s on sale! (Sorry Pier 1. We love you… but we also need to fill our campers with gas!)
That’s why DIY RV home decor is so popular amongst travel trailer and motorhome owners. You can make some really amazing additions to your RV’s interior design with just a few bucks and a couple of hours of crafting. (That’s the other awesome thing about DIY projects: they make amazing rainy day to-dos to keep both you and the kids occupied!)
So without further ado, here are some of our very favorite crafts to whip up to enhance your RV’s atmosphere. From hanging planters to mason jar nightlights, you’ll be shocked at how quick and simple these adorable designs come together.
How to Make a Macrame Plant Hanger
RVers often think they have to leave houseplants behind during their trips. But just like at home, having a few well-placed ferns and greenery in your rig can make it more inviting, and even improve air quality!
There are plenty of plants that fare well in low-light scenarios, and adding a few to your RV’s interior can help you feel at home as well as breathe more easily. Of course, if you have tabletop plants, they’re liable to slip and slide when your rig is underway — which is why we love the idea of creating homemade macrame plant hangers.
Psst — wondering which plants will fare well with minimal light and maintenance? Check out this post on the most RV-friendly species available, and prepare to have a much greener RV interior!
Mason Jar Crafts Worth Trying
Mason jars have a reputation as the hipster drinking vessel of choice, but they’re also useful for a variety of fun DIY camper decor. In fact, there are more than 30 fun and easy crafts you can do with mason jars — and that’s just according to one of the many lists of DIY mason jar projects on the internet!
One of our very favorite and most simplistic mason jar decorations is to simply coil a string of fairy lights inside one and use it as a desk lamp or nightlight. It’s a charming, low-energy way to illuminate the inside of your camper, and it brings that rustic-chic feel to any RV interior.
Battery-operated fairy lights work well for campers, especially if you’re boondocking and trying to avoid using the house electricity. They’ll also keep you from having a dangling string running from your mason jar light to the nearest outlet — although that can be pretty, too, depending on your placement!
You can also make mason jars into terrariums, hanging planters, vases, and more. Or, of course, you could use them for their originally-intended purpose: to actually can your own food items, or at least store dry goods! Buying things like rice and nuts in bulk is one of the best ways to avoid food waste while also enjoying fresh, healthy meals on the road, and mason jars make amazing reusable food storage containers.
… And, yes, of course, you can also drink out of them. In fact, some are now manufactured with handles specifically for that purpose. Whether it’s lemonade, beer, or plain old water, you’ll up your Instagram game while also staying hydrated!
Wine Cork Crafts That Justify That Spent Bottle
Let’s face it: at the end of a long day of driving, there’s nothing quite like a nice glass of wine to help you wind down. Or, you know, maybe two glasses. Or three.
But if you find yourself amassing spent corks and bottles, don’t just toss ’em — even into the recycling bin! There are plenty of cute crafts and DIY home projects you can do with the “evidence.”
Corks are especially useful, and can be used for a huge variety of DIY decor projects from creating mini succulent planters to crafting a fun and useful jewelry organizer. (This idea is an especially camper-friendly one, given the space limitations of even the most generous travel trailers and motorhomes. You could even rig it up to hang inside your bathroom cabinet, which will keep your jewelry well-organized and stationary while you’re on the road!)
Corks can also be repurposed into fun tic-tac-toe pieces, which is great for rainy days on multiple levels. Not only will you and the kids enjoy creating the pieces in the first place, but you’ll then have something you can use in the future when Mother Nature dashes your otherwise-carefully-laid plans. Win-win!
Wine bottles, too, can be used for a variety of DIY decor options, from simply repurposing the bottle as-is for a vase or using one of those fun melting drip candles to make it into a colorful art object. But we’ve also seen people get a whole lot more creative, making their used bottles into mini gardens or hanging lamps. You can also turn them into fun bird feeders, or get real meta and flatten it to make it into a charcuterie board! (Hey, you know you’re going to drink more wine, and the best thing to pair it with is definitely cheese and salami. And then… you’ll have even more bottles to use in the future!)
Looking for Even More Fun DIY Crafts?
Crafting is a fun way to take ownership of your RV’s interior design scheme while saving money and finding a fun way to pass a few hours all at the same time. Crafts are as fun for adults as they are for kids, and it’s always rewarding to look around your camper and see decor items you’ve actually spent time and energy making!
There are plenty of other cool crafts to consider for your RV, from DIY wall art (turn that paint-by-numbers project into bathroom decor!) to clever storage solutions that combine thriftiness of both money and space.
We’ve written about lots of other DIY projects to get your RV in ship shape, from fun artsy crafts to more serious interior remodeling projects. Here are just a few RVshare blog posts to check out if you’re one of those independent, do-it-yourself types:
- DIY Ideas You Must Try For your RV
- Top DIY RV Renovation Tips
- 9 Crafts to Keep Kids Entertained while RVing
- A Collection of Our 30 Best RV Remodel Tips
- 6 Practical RV Renovations for Older RVs (Plus Photos!)
By the way, all of these crafts can be implemented in your sticks-and-bricks home, too — which may be important to you if you don’t actually have an RV yet!
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No matter where your well-decorated RV brings you and whether it’s outfitted with store-bought decor or handmade items, we can’t wait to hear about all of your adventures… including the indoorsy ones. Happy camping — and happy crafting, too!
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